Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia has apologised to fellow players after damaging greens in frustration and getting himself disqualified from the Saudi International.
The European Tour released a statement saying the 39-year-old had been disqualified for “serious misconduct” after he finished his third round, in which he shot a 1-over 71.
It comes after the players behind him reportedly complained about the damage on the greens and voiced their upset at being forced to play on spoiled turf.
The former Masters champion later said: “I respect the decision of my disqualification.
“In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologise, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.”
It was not immediately clear what the extent of the damage was and on which greens it took place.
Garcia – a 15-time European Tour winner – has got himself in hot water in the past.
In 1999 he threw a shoe in anger on Wentworth Golf Club’s 16th tee in the World Match Play Championship.
He also made a serious breach of the game’s etiquette when he spat into the 13th hole at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa after missing a short putt during the CA World Championship in 2007.
The Saudi International is new to the European Tour and is being held despite the ongoing scrutiny of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and concerns over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
(c) Sky News 2019: Golfer Sergio Garcia disqualified for smashing greens at Saudi International